Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes how Ebates Inc. (“we,” “us,” “our,” “Company”), the owner and operator of Ebates.com, Ebates.ca, Ebates.kr, ShopStyle, ShopStyle Collective, Shopular, and BFads.net businesses collect, use, share, and protect information in connection with the Company websites, mobile websites, mobile applications, browser applications, and any related services that refer or link to this Privacy Policy (“Services”). Ebates is part of the Rakuten Group, which includes the affiliates and subsidiaries of our parent company Rakuten, Inc., based in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Collection of Information

We collect, process, and use your information when you:

  • Register for our Services or sign in to an existing account
  • Visit our website(s)
  • Access our Services through our application(s)
  • Connect to our Services using third-party accounts, such as your email, social media, or payment account(s)
  • Contact us for support
  • Participate in our shopping or influencer programs
  • Enter a sweepstakes, contest, promotion, survey, or poll

Further, we and our service providers automatically collect certain information about you through:

  • Interaction with our Services
  • Cookies and other tracking technologies
  • Location-identifying technologies
  • Monitoring and analyzing trends, usage, and activities

The types of information you provide may include Personal Information. “Personal Information” means information that can be used to identify you (whether alone or in combination). The Personal Information you may provide to us includes:

  • First and last name
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Payment information (such as payment account name, payment account number, payment card expiration date, and billing address)
  • The nature of the product or service requested or purchased
  • How you connect to our Services, such as your IP address, unique device identifiers, device or session IDs, and information regarding the network and connected hardware (e.g., computer or mobile device)
  • Browsing, shopping, and purchase history
  • Your geolocation
  • Click-stream data (the page-by-page paths you take as you browse through our Services)

2. Use of information we collect

We may use information about you in the following ways.

Manage Your Account

If you provide us Personal Information, we may use it to: (i) process your registration with our Services, including verifying whether your email address is active and valid and enrolling you into our programs; (ii) monitor and manage your purchase transactions; (iii) track your shopping, deliver you rewards or payments, and identify opportunities for rewards and/or offers; (iv) send you technical notices, updates, security alerts, and administrative messages; (v) provide you customer service regarding your account and reply to your questions, comments and requests; and (vi) comply with legal and regulatory provisions in force and with the competent judicial authorities in each geographical jurisdiction that the Company operates in. We may also use your information to assess risk and prevent fraud.

Improve Our Services

We may process information through analyzing and monitoring usages and trends and performing statistical analyses to improve our Services and the websites, applications, marketing efforts, and the products and services of our affiliates to provide a better service to you in the future. We may also use this information to adapt Service content to be more likely to be of interest to you.

Provide You Marketing Information

To provide you more personalized offers and/or special offers, discounts and similar information, Company may send you newsletters, rewards, discounts, promotion codes, events and general information about the service if you consent. To match your profile and interest, we may create a profile of your preferences and provide advertisements, content or features. You can manage these communications in accordance with Section 4 (Your Choices) below.

Administer Contests, Sweepstakes, and Promotions

From time to time, Company may invite you to enter various contests, sweepstakes, surveys or promotions. If you choose to participate in a contest or promotion, your Personal Information may be used to administer the contest, such as to determine your eligibility for the contest or to award a prize.

3. Sharing of Information

We may share the information we collect, including your Personal Information, with third parties under the following circumstances.

Service Providers and Business Partners

We do not sell your Personal Information and only share it with third parties to operate our Services. We may share your Personal Information with our service providers that perform marketing services and other business operations on our behalf, under our instructions and in compliance with appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your data. For example, we may partner with other companies to provide you support services, authentication services, prevent fraud on our Services, administer our promotions, referral programs, sweepstakes, and surveys, perform analytics, maintain the accuracy of our databases, facilitate your travel reservations, fulfill your product purchases, and administer your rewards or payments. Further, we may share your information with our financial institution partner, Synchrony Bank, for the purposes of providing rewards or benefits to you and marketing our co-branded credit cards to you. We will not sell your Personal Information, but we may rent, sell, and share anonymized information that cannot be used to identify you with merchant partners, third parties, or affiliates. Anonymized information means information that does not include your Personal Information and does not include payment information.

Rakuten Group Companies

We work closely with our affiliated businesses and companies within the Rakuten Group and share your Personal Information for our internal business administration. We may also share your account credentials (username, email address, encrypted password) and related personal identification (first and last name and address) with other companies in the Rakuten Group, so that you will be able to use your username and password on other Rakuten websites and services. As long as you do not connect to another Rakuten service, your identifiers (username, email address, encrypted password, first name, last name, and address) are shared only with our parent company, Rakuten, Inc., for the purposes of operating our authentication service. Information shared with Rakuten, Inc. is subject to the Rakuten Privacy Policy. The Rakuten Group will not sell your Personal Information, but may rent, sell, and share anonymized information that cannot be used to identify you with merchant partners, third parties, or affiliates. Anonymized information means information that does not include your Personal Information and does not include payment information.

Protection of Rights and Other Legal Purposes

We may share the information we collect, including Personal Information, to the extent permitted by applicable law, (i) in response to subpoenas or other legal process or if in our good faith opinion such disclosure is required or permitted by law; (ii) at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation; (iii) to defend our terms and conditions or other policies applicable to our Services; and (iv) to protect the rights, property, life, health, security and safety of us or any third party.

Business Transfers

We may share the information we collect, including Personal Information, with any third party in connection with, or during negotiations of, any proposed or actual merger, purchase, sale (including a liquidation, realization, foreclosure, or repossession), or any other type of acquisition of all or any portion of Company assets, conveyance or transfer of all or a portion of our business to another company.

4. Your Choices

You may in some cases have the option to decline providing us information. However, your choice to not provide information may impact your use of certain features or services. You may unsubscribe or opt out of receiving marketing communications from us by using the unsubscribe link on the footer of our marketing emails, by logging into your account settings, or by using the Contact Us option through the Services. We encourage you to maintain the accuracy of the information you submit to us, such as the information you provide us to register for your account. The Services may allow you to access, review, correct, update, and remove or make inaccessible Personal Information you have provided through your account settings. You may provide account updates and changes by logging into your account and changing settings or by using the Contact Us option through the Services. With respect to our mobile and other applications, you can prospectively stop all collection of information by the application by uninstalling the application. You may at any time opt out from further allowing us to have access to your location data by adjusting the permissions in your mobile device. We will make good-faith efforts to make requested changes in our then-active databases as soon as reasonably practicable.

5. Rights Applicable to EU Users

Data Transfers

If you are visiting from the European Union (“EU”) or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from EU or United States law, please note that you may be transferring your Personal Information to the Rakuten Group in the United States and in other countries around the world for the purposes described under this Privacy Policy. We take great care in protecting your Personal Information and have put in place adequate mechanisms to protect it when it is transferred internationally. As part of the Rakuten Group, Company relies on the Rakuten Binding Corporate Rules to legitimize international data transfers within the Rakuten Group. The Rakuten Binding Corporate Rules have been approved with the Data Protection Authority of Luxembourg acting as the lead authority.

Legal basis for using your Personal Information

In the EU, the processing must rely on a legal basis. For these regions, there are different legal bases that we rely on to use your Personal Information, namely:

  • Performance of a contract. The use of your Personal Information may be necessary to perform the terms and conditions or other policies under which we provide our Services.
  • Consent: We will rely on your consent to use (i) technical information such as cookie data and geolocation data; and (ii) your Personal Information for marketing purposes. You may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us using the information at the end of this Privacy Policy or by following an unsubscribe link in any marketing communication you receive from us.
  • Legitimate interests: We may use your Personal Information for our legitimate interests to improve our Services, security purposes, and fraud prevention, and to share information with our affiliates for internal administration.

Choices under EU law

If you are subject to EU law, you may ask us to:

  • See what Personal Information we hold about you
  • Erase your Personal Information
  • Port your Personal Information
  • Restrict our use of your Personal Information

If you are not subject to EU law, these rights do not apply to you.

6. Data Security and Retention

We take reasonable measures to protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. We use a secure, encrypted connection (using a TLS protocol) on all pages where you access or transmit Personal Information. Although Company uses reasonable efforts to help protect your information, transmission via the Internet is not completely secure and Company cannot guarantee the security of your information collected through our Services. Except as otherwise set forth under applicable law, we assume no liability or responsibility for disclosure of your information due to errors in transmission, unauthorized third-party access, or other causes beyond our control. We retain the information collected via our Services until such time as you choose to close your account. After that time, we may anonymize and aggregate the data and retain it for analytical purposes. We may also retain your information on backup media to comply with applicable law, to support financial audits, to resolve disputes, to maintain compliance efforts, and for other legitimate business reasons.

7. Promotional Communications

By signing up for an account, you may receive periodic emails from Company. If you consented to receiving promotional email communications, you can opt out of receiving such communications from us at any time by (i) following the instructions provided in those communications; (ii) modifying your Email Preferences in the Account Settings of your account; or (iii) contacting us through the Services. Please note that even if you opt out of receiving promotional communications, we may continue to send you non-promotional emails and other types of communications, as permitted by law, such as service emails relating to our ongoing business relationship. Service emails contain service-related announcements that affect your account, such as product order confirmations, reward or payment updates, and responses to your comments and feedback submitted to us. Company mobile applications, browser extensions, and websites may send you notifications, such as alerts, sounds, and icon badges. Push notifications or in-app messages may include both operational messages and promotional messages regarding products, services, and offers that may be of interest to you. When using mobile applications, push notifications and other mobile alerts can be configured in the settings of your mobile device. As with emails, even if you opt out of receiving promotional communications, we may continue to send you non-promotional push notifications, such as those about your use of the applications or our ongoing business relations.

8. Cookie Policy

We use browser cookies to collect and store certain information when you use, access or interact with the Services. Cookies are small data file identifiers that are transferred to your computer or mobile web browser that allow us, and third parties with whom we partner, to recognize your browser or mobile device and transfer information about you and your use of our Services. We use cookies for many purposes, including, without limitation, authentication, tracking user preferences or web pages visited while using our Services. You may control the use of cookies at the browser level. If you choose to disable cookies, it may limit your use of certain features or functions on the Service.

9. Analytics, Targeting, Tracking

We, and third parties with which we partner, may also use cookies, pixels, and other technologies to automatically collect information about your use of the Services, such as your click-stream data, browsing history, IP address, web browser, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked, and conversion information. Data collected from a particular browser or device may be used with another computer or device that is linked to the browser or device on which such data was collected (also known as cross-linking). We may also work with third parties to serve ads to you as part of a customized campaign on other websites or platforms. These third parties may also collect Personal Information about your online activities over time and across different websites when you use our Services to help predict your preferences and to display (and to enable other third parties to display) ads to be more likely to be of interest to you. Some third-party service providers that we engage (including third-party advertisers) may also place their own cookies on your browser. Note that this Privacy Policy covers only our use of cookies and does not include use of cookies by such third parties.

10. Third-Party Data

The Services contain hyperlinks to websites of merchants and retailers and other websites or locations that we do not control and are operated and controlled by third parties (“Third-Party Websites”). Our Privacy Policy does not apply to these Third-Party Websites and we make no representations regarding the policies or business practices of any such Third-Party Websites.

11. Social Features

Certain functionalities on the Services are specifically designed to permit interactions that you initiate between the Services and third-party websites or services, including third-party social networks (“Social Features”). Examples of Social Features include features that enable you to transmit your account content from a third-party website or service to our Services; to “like” or “share” our Services’ content on other websites or services; to sign in to the Services using your username and password from a third-party site or service; and to connect our Services with a third-party website or service. If you choose to use Social Features, the information you post or provide access to may be used by us and/or publicly displayed on our Services or by the provider of the Social Feature that you use. Similarly, if you post information on a third-party platform that references our Services (e.g., by using a hashtag associated with Company in a tweet or status update), your post may be published on our Services in accordance with the terms of the third-party website or service. When you use our Services with a third-party site or service, both Company and the third party may have access to certain information about you and your use of our Services and the third-party site or service. In addition, we may receive information about you if other users of a third-party website give us access to their profiles and you are one of their “connections,” or information about you is otherwise accessible through your connections’ web pages, profile pages, or similar pages on a social-networking or other third-party website or interactive service. The information we collect in connection with Social Features is subject to this Privacy Policy. The information collected and stored by the third parties remains subject to those third parties’ privacy policies, including whether the third parties continue to share information with us, the types of information shared, and your choices with regard to what is visible to others on those third party websites or services.

12. Referral Programs

Company may offer features which allow you to inform an individual about our Services. If you choose to use our referral features, we will ask you for your referral’s email address to send them an electronic communication inviting them to join our Services. Company will store this information for the sole purpose of sending this email and tracking the success of our referral program. If you choose to participate in our referral programs, you represent and warrant that you have a personal relationship with your referral and that you are authorized to share their information with Company for the purpose of sending this communication to invite them to join the Services.

13. Changes to This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is current as of the effective date set forth above. Company reserves the right to change this privacy policy from time to time consistent with applicable privacy laws and principles. If we make changes to this Privacy Policy we will notify you by revising the date at the top of this Privacy Policy, and in some cases, we may provide you with additional notice (such as adding a statement to the homepages of our Services or sending you an email notification).

14. Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please feel free to contact us by email at privacy@ebates.com or by mail at 800 Concar Drive, Suite 175, San Mateo, CA 94402, ATTN: Ebates Legal.

Updated: October 2017 

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